Week 3 of Pregnancy: Although you may not feel pregnant, there is an embryo that grows and develops in your body, from the fertilized egg to the cell division process. About 30 hours after fertilization, the egg will split into 2 cells, then 4 cells, then 8 cells, and continue to divide until it moves from the fallopian tube to the uterus. To the uterus, this group of cells looks like a small ball called Embryo.
The embryo becomes hollow and filled with liquid, known as Blastocyst. At the end of the week, the embryos are attached to the endometrium, a process called bed, which creates an important link that allows the endometrium to provide developing embryonic nutrition and to remove waste. Over time, this will develop into a placenta, providing nutrition for the embryo over the next 9 months.
Changes in your body and life – Week 3 of Pregnancy Journey
In order to nurture fertilized eggs in the body, the body undergoes many changes at the same time. At this point you may not know you are pregnant, and at the end of the week there may be a little bleeding called “bed-bleeding”, which indicates that the fertilized egg is attached to the endometrium. Not all women experience this bleeding, and some women may mistaken this for menstruation.
What should I be aware of?
Pregnancy vomiting, wanting to eat pickles and ice cream is one of the obvious symptoms of pregnancy, but not for everyone. Studies show that nearly three quarters of women have nausea and vomiting similar to that of pregnancy; the remaining quarter of women do not have such symptoms. If you belong to those who have never felt a sense of vomiting, only occasionally or mildly, then congratulations because you are a very lucky expectant mother.
3/4 of pregnant women have symptoms of pregnancy sickness throughout the day. However, rest assured that even if you have difficulty eating and losing weight during the first 3 months of pregnancy, it will not be harmful to your baby, as long as you regain weight later. Since nausea and vomiting disappear between the 12th and 14th weeks of pregnancy, it is easy to regain weight.
Week 3 of Pregnancy – Consult a physician
If you suspect that you are pregnant, contact your doctor immediately, who may ask you to use a pregnancy test. You may not need to see a doctor before 8 weeks of pregnancy.
What checks should I do?
The best way to confirm pregnancy is to use a domestic pregnancy test. You can buy it at a nearby pharmacy. Home Pregnancy Tests can be tested on the first day of your menstruation. Buying a few more test kits is preferable to ensure accurate results. This pregnancy test is a measure of specific hormones in urine released from the placenta called human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG). Depending on the type of pregnancy test, positive results (pregnant) will show a plus sign, or 2 pink lines.
Health information during pregnancy
Nurturing a baby in the body for 9 months is not easy, including social life, work and diet, which might have to be changed for this little life. Remind yourself that your baby’s development depends not only on your diet, but your mood as well.
When you are worried or anxious, the body produces a stress hormone called Cortisol, a hormone that causes an accelerated heartbeat and causes inflammatory reactions in the body. Many studies have shown that inflammation is associated with poor pregnancy health and can lead to developmental problems in infants. In addition, women with stress during the first trimester have a higher risk of miscarriage.
For your safety with the growing embryos, here are some advice on decompression:
Find someone to talk with
While you may not want to make your problems more burdensome to your partner or friend, it doesn’t help you at all. Try to find someone you can talk to, and you’ll find that it feels better to say it.
Meditation and relaxation techniques help a lot, you can even make yourself a cup of hot tea or read your favorite book. Sit on the couch and play your favourite game.
Listen to music
Music is a good way to manage cortisol and help decompression.
Consider taking prenatal yoga classes, swimming or walking. These simple exercises help to handle stress, let emotions and energy burst out, and prepare your body.
It is normal to feel stress during pregnancy. But it’s important to keep it under control before the stress can hurt your baby.